Like most organisations The New Baxter Society places cookies on your computer to help us make your experience of this website better. To find out more about the cookies we use, see our Cookie Policy.

If you'd like to disable cookies on this device, please view our How to Manage Cookies information. Please be aware that parts of the site will not function correctly if you disable cookies.

By clicking this button, you consent to our use of cookies on this device in accordance with our Cookie Policy.


By continuing to view this site if you have not disabled cookies on this device, you consent to our use of cookies on this device in accordance with our Cookie Policy

If you click the above button to accept cookies from this site this message will disappear and make your visits to this website more enjoyable. This message may reappear from time to time and is shown to comply with the European directive on the use of cookies.

Print of the Month - May 2013

This is a well known rural scene of the day representing the annual celebration of May Day. The group of dancers consist of a soldier, a gallant, a singing harlequin and a 'Jack in the Green' dance to a fiddler's tune.

Published by Le Blond & Co. using the Baxter Process. Abraham Le Blond was one of George Baxter's few licensees.

Le Blond published a total of 32 Ovals of a similar size between 1853 and 1870.

They were all printed directly onto plain paper which was then embossed to form a border around the print with a title and number below..

Each print usually has at least one signature towards the bottom edge. Some ovals can be found unsigned, but most are signed "Le Blond & Co., London" and many also carry the signature "L. A. Elliot & Co., Boston, U.S."

L. A. Elliot & Co. was a print selling business set up by Lucius Elliot and trading under this name from 1875 to 1884. They imported and distributed Le Blond's prints in the USA.

The inspiration for most, if not all, the Ovals were paintings by the artist John Anthony Puller (see our July 2012 feature about Puller.) The prints are practically identical to the paintings both in content and size.

Size 5 x 6 1/2 inches approx. Le Blond number 85.